Hungary European F3: Lotus F1 junior Ocon wins rain-affected race

Esteban Ocon stretched his Formula 3 European Championship lead with another win in the final race of the Hungaroring weekend

Hungary European F3: Lotus F1 junior Ocon wins rain-affected race

From pole, Prema Powerteam's Lotus F1 Junior just managed to squeeze into the first corner in the lead from a fast-starting Lucas Auer.

Behind the leading duo, Felix Rosenqvist got past Antonio Fuoco into Turn 1, and then pulled a brave move on Mucke Motorsport team-mate Auer around the outside of Turn 2 to move into second place.

Rosenqvist was beginning to stabilise the gap to Ocon at around two seconds when he became the highest-profile casualty of the spate of track-limits penalties.

Fuoco had slipped ahead of Auer into the Turns 6/7 chicane on the opening lap, and inherited second when Rosenqvist took his drive-through, the Italian Ferrari protege thereby completing a Prema one-two.

Ruffling feathers on the F1 ladder

The race was halted three laps early when, after very light rain in the early stages, it suddenly became heavier - Ocon's times had dropped off by eight seconds when the safety car emerged, rapidly followed by the red flags.

Behind third-placed Auer, Max Verstappen fended off an attack from Antonio Giovinazzi to claim fourth.

Giovinazzi was trailed home by Carlin team-mate Tom Blomqvist, who pulled off a peach of a move on Felix Serralles into Turn 1 just before the rain came.

Serralles just held off Gustavo Menezes, while Jake Dennis passed Nicholas Latifi for ninth in the battle for lower-order points.

Jordan King failed to take the start after his retirement in this morning's race - his Carlin team elected to send his Volkswagen engine powerplant for attention from tuner Spiess rather than put in an alternative unit, thereby potentially avoiding three 10-place grid penalties.

Results - 17 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Mercedes 28m11.326s 2. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Mercedes +4.756s 3. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +5.663s 4. Max Verstappen Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +6.875s 5. Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW +8.390s 6. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW +8.901s 7. Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara Mercedes +11.142s 8. gustavo menezes Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +14.162s 9. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW +16.124s 10. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Mercedes +17.034s 11. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +20.588s 12. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +22.059s 13. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +23.961s 14. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Mercedes +24.849s 15. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +25.133s 16. Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes +26.264s 17. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +26.910s 18. Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE +30.480s 19. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara Mercedes +35.497s 20. Felipe Guimares Double R Dallara-Mercedes +35.817s 21. Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes +39.909s 22. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE +41.710s 23. Mitch Gilbert Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +46.194s 
Retirements:
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